PARTIAL ACRYLIC DENTURES
Acrylic dentures offer the least expensive method of tooth replacement. They can be useful when multiple teeth have been lost especially when the remaining teeth are of dubious prognosis but they can be less comfortable to wear than their chromium based counterparts and more damaging to the remaining teeth and gums. The teeth are matched in shape and colour to the remaining dentition, these are set in pink acrylic ‘gums’ which continue around the remaining teeth. Metal arms (clasps), can be incorporated to give added stability
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
- Treatment options can be many and varied. We would recommend starting with a consultation to assess your case and discuss your particular requirements.
- Several appointments are required at approximately weekly intervals.
- At about the third visit the teeth are set in wax so that you will have the opportunity of seeing your new denture for the first time. At this appointment, the dentist will also be checking a number of other clinical considerations like the stability and the bite.
- When you are completely happy with your new look, the laboratory will complete the acrylic work on your denture, enabling you to take your new teeth home with you at your next visit. Your dentist will give you instruction on any special day-to-day care required when wearing false teeth.
- Like a new pair of shoes, dentures can cause a little discomfort at first. Your dentist will see you as often as necessary in order to speedily achieve the best result possible.
THE ADVANTAGES OF ACRYLIC PARTIAL DENTURES
- They can offer a cost-effective solution especially in cases where there is multiple tooth loss.
- They can be particularly useful when a temporary solution is required (for example, during implant therapy or when the prognosis for the remaining teeth is poor).
- They allow the addition of extra teeth to the denture in the event of further natural teeth being lost.
- They do not require any teeth to be prepared excessively and thereby permanent changes to the remaining dentition are avoided.
- They can be removed, thus making cleaning of the patient’s own teeth easier.
THE DISADVANTAGES OF ACRYLIC PARTIAL DENTURES
- They may not impart the confidence enjoyed by patients that have been provided with more permanent, fixed replacement teeth (for example, implants or bridges).
- They usually cover more of the mouth than their chrome based alternatives and they can be much thicker. The wearer can, therefore, experience less comfort and more interference with eating and speech.
- They tend to be less stable than chromium dentures that contain components to prevent displacement.
- They tend to be supported by the gums. This can be damaging so that over the years they have been referred to as ‘gum strippers’.
- They can be less hygienic than chrome as the acrylic can microscopically harbour bacteria.
FULL ACRYLIC DENTURES
We are extracting far fewer teeth than we used to, so thankfully the situation where there are no teeth left to support a denture is becoming increasingly rare.
If a patient requires a full denture we have many years of experience at providing the best in terms of aesthetics and comfort. At least five appointments are usually required.
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